About This Listing
Here you will experience the authentic Napa Valley lifestyle. You will be staying in the original ranch house on RustRidge Ranch surrounded by vineyards, pastures and hills. It's a peaceful place far away from the Napa Valley crowds.
Our rustic ranch-style Bed & Breakfast/Guesthouse has sweeping views of the vineyards, pastures, hillsides and ancient oak trees.
The amenities include comfortable bedrooms with queen size featherbeds, private bathrooms, decks, a large open beamed living room with a fireplace and a sunlit breakfast room where guests are served a hearty ranch-style breakfast. In the evenings, our commercial style country kitchen is the gathering place for sampling RustRidge wines and hors d'ouevres.
Over the last 23 years our guesthouse has been the gathering place for families and groups of friends seeking a serene country retreat.
At the ranch, you can play tennis, bird watch, lounge in the sun, walk, jog, or hike though the vineyards and hills, relax in a eucalyptus sauna, read by the fire, write, paint, photograph, cook, barbecue, or do nothing at all.
Other activities in our area include fishing at Lake Hennessey, boating and swimming at Lake Berryessa, or motor touring the historic Napa Valley sampling fine wines and fine foods.
The ranch is 10 miles east of Rutherford in the Chiles Valley Appellation of Napa Valley, a twenty minute drive from St. Helena. It is a located in a serene, natural and wild part of the county. We have three dogs, 14 cats and 18 horses.
This location is not suitable for large group events such as weddings. Please do not inquire if you are looking for a location to host an event.
We will host a private tasting of our estate wines on our vineyard and winery grounds for guests, if scheduled in advance.
We strictly enforce the number of guests who can stay in our guesthouse. We are a licensed bed and breakfast and must comply with all county ordinances. If you need additional accommodations, please let me know when you make your reservation request.
We ask that guests treat our home as they would their own and respect our property and personal items. We also request that they ask permission to invite additional people into our home and to follow our rules regarding the number of occupants we permit and to follow our kitchen rules (posted on our refrigerator).
About the Host, Susan
Our secluded property, once a large thoroughbred horse and black angus ranch, was purchased by my family in 1972. Now it reflects my husband's and my two passions: wine and horses. We continue to breed and race thoroughbreds and each spring; just about the time new buds form on the grape vines, new foals are born.
The guesthouse is a rambling ranch style home with racing memorabilia, antiques, a large commercial style kitchen, wonderful views, decks, vegetable garden and pool area. We have been hosting guests here for 24 years. We have met wonderful people who have become great friends. Most people who stay here have an adventuresome spirit. They are risk takers and like to meet new people. Your experience here will not be ordinary, we would venture to say it will be extraordinary and memorable.
The grapes were first planted in the mid 70's. We grow Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. The winery was founded by my brothers Stan and Grant in 1985. It is housed in a renovated hay storage barn. We took over the reins of the operations in 1990. I am the winemaker and Jim is the vineyard manager and horseman. Helping us handcraft the estate-bottled wines produced by RustRidge is distinguished winemaker Kent Rosenblum aka Dr. Zin. Vines are organically grown and dry farmed, we have some of the oldest vines in Napa Valley!
Jim and I along with our three dogs, fourteen cats and seventeen horses invite you to experience our unique lifestyle, enjoy great wines and unwind in our idyllic environment.